Elon Musk's New Tunnel Debuts Today Near Los Angeles

The public will get its first look at the tunnel technology Elon Musk and the Boring Co. have dreamed up in response to hopes for a congestion miracle.

1 minute read

December 18, 2018, 9:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Hawthorne, California

trekandshoot / Shutterstock

[Update: Reviews of the tunnel's debut are in.]

"Two years after Musk complained on Twitter that Los Angeles traffic was driving him “nuts” and that he was going to “just start digging” to escape it, his newest venture, the Boring Co., is slated to unveil its first tunnel Tuesday," reports Laura J. Nelson.

Mystery has surrounded the project since it's inception, leaving local Hawthorne residents mostly out of the loop. "The typically messy elements of construction have been confined to two private properties, and shielded from view behind fences and tents," according to Nelson.

But Musk has been hyping today's opening, again taking to Twitter to tout "more than a tunnel opening." Modified "but fully road legal" autonomous cars will be lowered into the tunnel.

"The tunnel starts in a parking lot near SpaceX, and runs for about mile through a neighborhood between the 105 Freeway and Hawthorne Municipal Airport, ending at a shuttered cabinetry business on Prairie Avenue," adds Nelson.

Maps of the current tunnel, an envisioned system of tunnels built by the Boring Company, and more details on today's events are included.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in Los Angeles Times

View down New York City alleyway at nighttime

Red Cities, Blue Cities, and Crime

Homicides rose across the nation in 2020 and 2021. But did they rise equally in all cities, or was the situation worse in some than in others?

March 12, 2023 - Michael Lewyn

babyt Boomer Homeowners

The Shifting Boomer Bulge: More Bad News for America’s Housing Crisis?

In the first of a two-part series, PlaceMakers’ Ben Brown interviews housing guru Arthur C. Nelson on the sweeping demographic changes complicating the housing market.

March 12, 2023 - PlaceShakers and NewsMakers

Yellow on black "Expect Delays" traffic sign

A Serious Critique of Congestion Costs and Induced Vehicle Travel Impacts

Some highway advocates continue to claim that roadway expansions are justified to reduce traffic congestion. That's not what the research shows. It's time to stop obsessing over congestion and instead strive for efficient accessibility.

March 14, 2023 - Todd Litman

Washington D.C. Protest

IPCC Report: The World Is Running Out of Time on Climate Change

The planet is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent report published by the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

March 20 - International Panel on Climate Change

A view of the Boise skyline, across tress int he foreground. The state capitol is visible amongst other office buildings.

Skyline-Defining High-Rise Potentially Coming to Boise

A rendering making the rounds in Boise depicts a 40-story apartment building that would be taller than all other buildings in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

March 20 - Boise Dev

Interior of Tesla car with driver holding hands off wheel in 'full self-driving' mode

Buttigieg: Tesla ‘Autopilot’ Marketing ‘A Concern’

The USDOT secretary says marketing doesn’t fall under his department’s investigative authority, but expressed disapproval of language that implies autonomous operation.

March 20 - Bloomberg

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.